Mervin “The Cat” Chan won the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event. The prize for the Southern Hemisphere’s most prestigious title includes AU$1.6 million and a Chrysler 300C car. Chan battled for eight days and 629 other players to win this event.
The final table of seven was much more impressive than the WSOP Main Event final tables have been of late. It was led by Dan Shak with 3,775,000 chips and included Patrik Antonius, the sexiest male poker player, not far behind. Chan was in fourth place when the final table was set. Jay Tan (in picture), the only woman poker player in the final table, was at the bottom with 1,220,000 chips to start with. She was the first to be eliminated. Incidentally her boyfriend Kenny Wong had finished second in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event. Dan Shak finished in fourth place and Patrik Antonius in third place. Chan quickly won the heads up against Joseph Cabret.
In a post event interview Chan said that he was feeling great and could not have asked for more. At one point when there were five players at the final table Chan was down to a million chips. He said that he had a few lucky breaks then that brought him back into the game. The organizers decided to give a break after 14 hours of continuous play. At that time there were three players left in the fray. Chan said that this break helped him a lot because he was just unable to think any more. He came back fresh after the break and the rest is history.
The other big event at the Aussie Millions is the $250k Challenge. It pays more than the Main Event, though perhaps is not as prestigious. England’s Sam Trickett won this event in 2013 along with the first prize of AUS$2 million. He is now second on the all-time winning money list behind Antonio Esfandiari. In the heads up Trickett defeated Tobias Reinkemeier, who took home AU$1.25 million. In third and fourth places were Fabian Quoss and Igor Kurganov respectively. The Aussie Millions is held at the Crown Casino at Melbourne.